Florida Hospital tests out shoe sensor for pediatric rehab

By Jonah Comstock
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Boogio appFlorida Hospital, a 2,200-bed acute-care medical facility and a member of Adventist Health System, will begin testing a shoe-based wearable sensor from Seattle-based Reflx labs to assist in pediatric rehabilitation.

The platform, called Boogio Bionic Foot Sensors, consists of foot pressure, balance and 3D movement sensors hidden in a user's shoe. They connect to a mobile app, allowing doctors or physical therapists to track a patient's progress. Boogio will be deployed at Florida Hospital's "living laboratory campus," called Celebration Health.

"With pediatric rehabilitation, that's one of the areas where we have the opportunity to look outside the walls on how we engage with patients," Ashley Simmons, Director of Innovation Development at Florida Hospital said in a video released by Reflx Labs. "It's a challenge area in terms of compliance with making your scheduled time. We have a lot of cancellations, which is understandable. We have an opportunity to not only collect data when they're not here with a wearable device such as the Boogio at home but when they are here, how do we really personalize that care with that information that we've been able to collect?"

According to a statement, Florida Hospital has found early success with children with a condition called toe walking, where they walk on their toes or the balls of their feet.

"As we seek to improve our community’s health, increase access to medical services and lower the cost of health care, we look for opportunities to partner with businesses such as Reflx Labs,” Vickie White, vice president of Strategic Partnering at Florida Hospital, said in the statement. “We believe innovative products such as Boogio can be applied in health care, and we are eager to see how this technology can help our patients.”

The sensor platform is also built on Artik, the Internet of Things platform Samsung announced last week. According to Samsung, "Artik is an open platform that includes a best-in-class family of integrated production-ready modules, advanced software, development boards, drivers, tools, security features and cloud connectivity designed to help accelerate development of a new generation of better, smarter IoT devices, solutions and services."